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Research Impact: Building Your Researcher Profiles


Do you have a common name and struggle to find all the publications in citation index databases like Web of Science and Scopus? Setting up/maintaining your author profiles for these citation databases can go a long way in helping you save time and effort from having to search high and low for all your publications in these databases.

NTU Library can guide you to create/maintain your researcher profiles optimally for various uses such as for your research grant applications, promotion and tenure exercise (P&T) exercise, contract renewals, promoting of your research visibility and research activities in NTU. Feel free to contact us via if you need help with these researcher profiles.

Here are the benefits of maintaining your researcher profiles:

  • It takes literally just a few mouse clicks to get your latest citation counts anytime with well-maintained researcher profiles
  • You might miss out publications in Web of Science and in Scopus if you only do name searches (e.g. name variant issues, indexing errors in the databases)
  • If you have a common name, a name search to obtain your publications and citations will be difficult as filtering of search results is tedious

Commonly used researcher/author profiles

Scopus Author Profile

Scopus assigns each author with a unique Author Identifier (Author ID) and automatically groups publications by the same author under the Author ID. This automatic population comes with its pros & cons as duplicates of author IDs can occur (e.g. change of affiliations by researchers over time, researchers using different name variants for different publications).

Author Profile for Web of Science via Publons

Unlike Scopus which has a built-in feature to manage authors profiles and their publications. Authors need to register to Publons to get a ResearcherID, then populate it with the publications.

Google Scholar Profile

A Google Scholar profile, a free service provided by Google, must be created by the researcher. Once the profile is created, the researcher can populate the profile with publications. A well-maintained Google Scholar profile can be a way to showcase your research outputs to the world for greater research visibility.


ORCID is a unique and persistent digital identifier which allows you to distinguish yourself from other researchers, specifically those who have the same names or initials as you. Unlike Web of Science and Scopus, ORCID profile is not tied to a particular citation index database. ORCID can be synchronized with Web of Science and Scopus to update your profile automatically.

For more information on how to register, authorise NTU and to optimise your ORCID record, see this link.

Feel free to contact us via if you need help with these researcher profiles.